New year, new me: sticking to resolutions in 2024

by Angelina Ge

Want to get a jumpstart on 2024 the right way? Struggling to find achievable goals? Do you want to be part of the 9% of Americans who keep their resolutions?

Look no further! This is your ultimate guide to starting the year off strong.

How can I attain my resolution?

The most common resolutions among Americans include losing weight, spending more time with family and friends and less screen time. However, goals like these are not exactly realistic. We fall back on old patterns, finding ourselves lounging at home alone rather than going out and fulfilling our resolutions.

Instead, try to find smaller goals that you can incorporate into your daily routine without having to make stressful commitments. These goals will benefit you in the long run. After all, win the race slowly and steadily, rather than sprinting and rushing. While the new year is a momentous time in life, we often bite off more than we can chew and end up abandoning our lofty resolutions.

But not this year.

There are several useful methods for sticking to your goals including making a detailed plan, setting realistic, specific goals and limiting your resolutions. Avoid setting vague goals and try to be as specific as possible. For example, instead of just “losing weight,” try “I hope to lose five pounds by the end of February.” To achieve your goal, set a plan and write it down! By writing your goals down, you’ll have a better understanding of how, where and when to achieve them. Finally, keep your resolutions limited. Don’t go overboard with five resolutions, just stick to one.

What should my resolution be?

Here are five realistic and simple resolutions for you to consider, that don’t necessarily have to be long-term goals:

1. Calling your family more often

While we may not always have the motivation to face the world every day, calling your family is a simple way to stay in touch with loved ones. It doesn’t require changing your clothes or getting out of bed, but you can still say “hi!”

2. Making your bed

An easy, yet effective, way to instill a sense of responsibility in your mind. Just take an additional two to three minutes to make your bed and I promise you the resulting satisfaction will be worth it!

3. Prepping meals

Are you constantly finding yourself low on time? Well, prepping meals is a great way to combat that! Make a grocery list for your weekly meals and buy things in bulk. That way you can save time, and money as well as unwanted stress.

4. Journaling

Through journaling, take charge of your emotions by documenting your day-to-day life, reduce your stress as you pour your thoughts on paper and get to know yourself better!

5. Taking the stairs

At UCLA, this is a no-brainer. The health benefits from climbing stairs are immeasurable compared to taking the elevator.

Sticking to resolutions is often easier said than done. But through perseverance, healthy habits and responsibility, you can emerge victorious as a better version of yourself!

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